Tonko announces crackdown on holiday ‘Grinch bots’

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Congressman Paul Tonko is trying to crack down on cyber grinches this holiday season.

He stopped by Colonie Center on Friday.

The congressman says grinch bots quickly buy up whole inventories of popular holiday gifts, then resell those gifts to consumers at drastically higher prices.

The congressman has introduced legislation called the “Stopping Grinch Bots Act,” which hopes to create online security measures to stop these crooks.